redefining public art through temporary site-specific exhibitions
Often the term Public Art is used interchangeably with Art in Public Spaces – parks, intersections, squares and the like. What is the function of art in these spaces and how does it connect to or serve the Public? Are the commissioners of such art fulfilling a public mandate or need?
Whose or which “Public Interest” is served by Urs Fischer’s, Untitled (Lamp/Bear) outside the Seagram building on Park Ave, in New York, a version of which will be auctioned by Christie's? A few blocks away, Ai Wei Wei’s, Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads was opened with statements from the art world’s luminaries, but where is the programming to further their meaning and significance to the public they serve?
Inspired by No Longer Empty’s deeply felt need and quest to bring art, and the life expansion art can give, to a wider public, this conversation aims to create a discussion and generate ideas as to how we can best reach and serve the many publics that are so often abstractions in the practice of Public Art. Manon Slome, Founder and Chief Curator, and Naomi Hersson-Ringskog, Executive Director at No Longer Empty host the conversation.
What is the function of art in public spaces and how does it connect to or actively serve people?
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